|The storm of Isaiah in John Adams's El Nino - Betz, Madelyn|
With a primary focus on the Isaiah texts from the librettos of Adams's musical work [El Nino], this thesis will document how the texts are used to tell the story of the nativity. -- Abstract
|Characteristics of learners enrolled in advanced level courses in Hebrew, Chinese, and Japanese at Brandeis University: a dissertation - Ringvald, Vardit|
Researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in the field of foreign language study in higher education in the United States are familiar with the phenomenon of declining numbers among learners in advanced foreign language courses… This study offers new direction in understanding the dropout phenomenon. Its goal is to examine the characteristics of learners at the advanced level as a means to explain and understand their motivation to pursue advanced language with the hope that these findings...
Keywords: Language and languages -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Psychological aspects
|Lesbians and horticulture, lesbians and art: how we can live pastorally, ethically, and creatively - Blanchett-Ramsey, Penny|
My thesis is a view of how we can live pastorally, ethically, and creatively from transgendered lesbian bodies, principles and practices. -- Abstract
Keywords: Lesbianism in art
|Dangerous remembering: allies in resistance and recovery - Crouse, Megan A.|
Investigate what I would call “helping” or “healing” relationships between survivors and their “allies,” focusing in particular on those of us who profess religious, spiritual or theological dimensions in our work. Because we allies operate in many different arenas: social work, pastoral care, political advocacy, education, religious congregations, psychotherapy and spiritual direction, for example, I am interested in exploring what may be our common experiences of trauma and recover...
Keywords: Psychic trauma--Treatment development--Religious aspects--Christianity
|Teacher supervision and reflectivity: a relational and interactional process: a dissertation - Stanley, Claire M.|
This dissertation examines teacher supervision and reflectivity.
Keywords: Teachers -- Training of; Reflection (Philosophy)
|The transformation-driven parish - Fisher, Douglas John.|
No one (according to my research) has written about personal transformation with social transformation as the mission of the parish. No one has overlaid social transformation onto personal transformation in the context of parish life and mission. Theologian Richard Rohr (who forms much of his work from the spiritual insights of Thomas Merton) says, “true Christian spirituality requires both an inner journey to the depth of the soul and an outer journaey to the broken of society...
Keywords: Grace Episcopal Church (Millbrook, N.Y.)
|Anti-oppression and feminist pedagogies for online feminist liberation theological education - Hipsher, B. K.|
In this paper I will look at pedagogical models that make space for mutual support and encouragement, interactive dialogical learning, respectful conversation and the formation of community within the learning environment. These principles are described as feminist and anti-oppression in their focus particularly because they value the voice and opinion of all and specifically make space for marginalized opinions, views that do not coincide with the values and focus of dominant cultural perspecti...
Keywords: Feminist liberation theology--Study and teaching
|Recovering hospitality : toward a partaking community - Wood, William James.|
This thesis explored the practice of hospitality and how the church and its institutions can recover the age-old practice of hospitality in an era of market church survival. This essay is not so much a “how to do it” cookbook, although it tis grounded in experience and context, as it is ammunition in making the claim that church institutions and organizations can be transformed into living centers of mutual empowerment.-- Abstract.
Keywords: St. John's Episcopal Church (Wichita, Kan.)
|Returning to holy wells : reflections on refreshing God's people - West, Paul Francis|
At its heart this thesis is an invitation. I invite the reader to share the journey stated in the thesis title: Returning to Holy Wells: Reflections on Refreshing God’s People.” That returning must never cease because our spiritual grounding unfolds as a continuous process and through the repetition of what we practice. It can be no other way for we do not ‘own’ the Holy. We grow thirsty on such a journey, and we need repeated refreshment for our deepest spiritual thirsts...
Keywords: Eucharistic prayers--Episcopal Church--Liturgy
|Theological and pragmatic investigation of a sacred "hang out" space for youth in Manchester, Massachusetts - Harris, Andrew Sturgis|
In this thesis I have explored the need of middle school children in Manchester for “a place” to “hang out.” Toward that end, I have also explored my own life path and the reasons I know that I am called by God to work for “a place’ of these children in Manchester. I have concluded that there are overwhelming theological, ethical, and social imperatives supporting this goal. Nonetheless, I have also concluded that Manchester has a long history of shortchanging its children...
Keywords: Church work with teenagers--Massachusetts--Manchester
|Dispelling the myth of the non-singer: changing the ways singing is perceived, implemented and nurtured in the classroom: a dissertation - Pascale, Louise M.|
Many American classroom teachers fervently claim not to be able to sing and are considered 'non-singers.' Studies reported here reveal a paradox : put in a context where singing is approached from another perspective, those same people can and do sing. How did they come to think of themselves otherwise? A close look at the terms 'singer' and 'singing' reveals the ways in which the meanings of these words are socially and culturally constructed.....
Keywords: Singing -- Instruction and study
|Latin American liberation theology in its economic and historical context : Latin America's self understanding from 1960 through today - Beyus, Linda|
This study of economics and concrete realities expressed through Latin American liberation theology has confirmed my belief in and intrigue with the inseparability of economic analysis and a theology of liberation... The power of Latin American liberation theology lies partially in its ability to wholeheartedly address the socioeconomic realities of the everyday lives of the people who populate Latin America...
Keywords: Liberation theology
|Trust is a queer thing - Wilson, Nancy.|
Trust is the key to the success of the Metropolitan Community Chruches (MCC) as a denomination and a movement. There are so many things MCC needs in order to succeed, but I am convinced that trust and trustworthy leadership is not just a key, but THE key. Exploring the concept of trust from the viewpoint of experts in organizational development, business, and theology will be central to this project...
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church
|Politics of art education in the public schools: a dissertation - Campbell, Wendy|
In this study, I examine why the subject of art has been marginalized in the public schools. I also suggest a way to remedy the situation. My analysis concerning why art has been marginalized comes from an integration of insights from three discourses: feminism, postmodernism, and the perspective implied by the literature of the recovery community. Writers in all three discourses suggest that the world view of the dominant culture is based on a separation between self and other and between thoug...
Keywords: Art -- Study and teaching -- United States
|Tuned to the source: an exploration of queer sexuality and spirituality in leather, life and scripture - Brown, Lea D.|
My thesis will explore the healing power found in the union of sexuality and spirituality... sharing evidence of how it is transformational in the lives of queer people, and demonstrating whre evidence of it can be found in scripture. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church
|Divine diversity: The Church's challenge or god's greatest imagination - Provis, Robyn A.|
This thesis is a testament to my struggle to say something important that counts - to articulate a holy hunch ... The diversity found within humanity is both intentional and incarnational, and can provide an embodied means to genuine community, becuase it is the essence of and a gift from God. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Christianity and culture
|Jesus' paradigm of ministry : a holistic approach for Korean worship - Chah, Chwoong-Hoh|
The major premise in my thesis is that Jesus’ universal paradigm of ministry liberates and re-creates Confuncianized Koreans. It is symbolized in the new worship model of observing all that Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:20. My assumption is that a worship form should be considered as culmination of ministry or symbolic of a ministerial system. – Abstract.
Keywords: Jesus Christ--Teachings
|Queering church : integrating queer theology in congregational life in Metropolitan Community churches - Amos, Kharma R.|
A contribution to the conversation taking place in MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) about how we can practically recognize and draw upon our unique perspectives and strengths, of which I believe queer theology to be the primary tool, in order to live faithfully into our vision. -- Abstract
Keywords: Queer theory
|A baptismal model for ministry in the Episcopal Church - Shumard, Jim.|
Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist are the two primary sacraments of the Church and The Book of Common Prayer clearly puts them at the core of our liturgical life together and at the core of ministry. I hope in this thesis to, in the words of Fredrica Thompsett, “weave a tapestry of advice,” which clearly lifts up the symbols and values of baptism and the ministry of the baptized as expressed in the liturgies of Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist...
Keywords: Lay ministry--Episcopal Church
|Aesthetics of listening: creating spaces of learning: a dissertation - Donovan, Lisa|
In this study with 9th-12th grade students in an urban Massachusetts school, I consider the question 'How can theater education develop a sense of voice and identity in adolescents?' Students in a drama class engaged in a variety of performance techniques including: interview theater, improvisation, and pantomime while considering the concept of voice/identity development. They then created an interview based script focused on an issue of their choice: the rules of the school and how they were e...
Keywords: Identity (Psychology) in adolescence; Drama in education -- Massachusetts -- Case studies
|Mathematics, modeling, and modular curriculum in engineering retraining programs: a dissertation - Moussavi, Massoud|
The present study is an attempt to probe, explore, and provide an appropriate educational method for engineering retraining programs. The central concerns and implications of this study revolve around: who engineers are, how they learn, why they need to learn, and what they have to learn. The existing retraining programs also will be evaluated in order to develop a suitable retraining program for engineers...
Keywords: Engineers -- Training of
|Episcopal female clergy leaders of African heritage: trailblazers and colleagues - Coleman, Karen|
"Episcopal female clergy leaders of African heritage: trailblazers and colleagues" is a two part work focused on two groups of women and their stories, spiritual formation, ministry and struggles. The first part consists of interviews with five of the first eleven African American women ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church. The second section looks at the ministry of some of my colleagues, whose paths I have crossed during our ministry, who have or are working in all or predominantly whit...
Keywords: African American women--Religious life
|Finding voice: exploring possibilities of healing in conversations on an event of collective mass violence between self and other - an interaction between Indian and Pakistani youth on the 1947 partition: a dissertation - Chhabra, Meenakshi|
Are there alternatives to using violence between groups that have a history of collective mass violence between them? This is the underlying concern motivating the study: This concern is guided by my personal experience as a third generation Indian, growing up on stories of the 1947 India-Pakistan partition. The 1947 Partition was an event of collective mass violence between Hindus and Muslims. The two countries have since been "enemies." Despite the death and displacement of millions across the...
Keywords: Pakistan -- Foreign relations -- India; India -- Foreign relations -- Pakistan
|Towards a theology of personhood : the gift of the Alzheimer Christian as a way of re-connecting ourselves to God, through which the reclaiming of the gifts of the church can assist us - Haggart, Blair Alan|
The questions that have informed my journey have been posed in light of profound relationships with remarkable people who happen to suffer from a very strange and difficult disorder. Their journeys have been fraught with uncertainty and have put tremendous emotional strain on family and friends. In seeking answers to my questions, I was invited to witness their personal struggles to maintain some form of connection with the very pulse that gives them life...
Keywords: Alzheimer's disease -- Patients -- Religious life
|Feminist liberation : a call to revolution - Brebner, Linda Benson|
The goals of the thesis: To identify the ways in which Liberal Feminism points or fails to point the way to Feminist Liberation. -- To discover what personally, institutionally, societally, and intellectually blocks and facilitates white, middle-strata feminist Presbyterian clergywomen in moving more consistently toward Feminist Liberation. -- To uncover the limitations and risks of feminist Presbyterian clergywomen continuing to affirm and use a Liberal Feminist analysis as a foundation base fo...
Keywords: Presbyterian Church--Clergy
|Situating reading, shaping divinity: Luce Irigaray, interpretation, theology - Russell, Richar|
As an activist and political rhetorician, Luce Irigaray continually positions her work vis-à-vis communities of women who are struggling against the oppressive logic of phallocentrism and its conception of the divine, yet her audience has been and continues to be academic feminists whose disciplinary interests rarely lead them to construct liturgies and socially-enacted rhetorics designed to test the practical force of Luce Irigaray’s theological reflections...
Keywords: Irigaray, Luce
|The formation of spiritual community - Moore, Ralph M.|
Another way of putting this is I am not speaking of discovery. Rather, it is revelation. Something existed in the situations of some people in a certain place long before I found it and declared it important to me. I am in the vulnerable position of colonialist. The northern world is finally hearing indigenous native peoples describe the devastating results to them of being “discovered” by European colonizers...
Keywords: Church work--Community outreach
|Newman's theory of development and its historical context - Molleur, Michael B. Joseph.|
This thesis will explore [John Henry] Newman’s notion of the development of doctrine, with attention to the historical context in which he wrote. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890. Theory of developments in religious doctrine
|Building sacred space for the new millennium - Smith, Amelia L. J.|
This thesis reviews five specific examples on Unitarian Universalist architecture in the past decade. A guiding question for my study of these buildings has been whether or not these worship spaces and churches reflect the identity of the religious communities they shelter. To begin with, I will provide a brief and general overview of the historical and contemporary contexts of these buildings. A brief history of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist architecture provides an import...
Keywords: Unitarian Universalist church buildings--United States
|Striking scenes: theo-ethical dimensions of film - Culbertson, Meghan Sumner.|
The primary purpose of this project is to draw on … different disciplines in order to analyze and critique two particular films [Thelma and Louise, Do the Right Thing] within the context of theology and ethics. -- Abstract
Keywords: Thelma & Louise (Motion picture)
|Portraits of leadership: relationships among gender, age, and creativity: a dissertation - Desrosiers, Diane Caton|
This Portraits of Leadership research focuses on using children's artwork to study girls' perceptions of leadership. 244 school age children were asked to draw their image of a leader and to write descriptions of why they chose this person as a leader. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were conducted to determine the relationships among gender, age, and creativity and choice of leader in drawing and written descriptions...
|Faith and vocational crisis in the experience of Episcopal clergy - James C. Knudson|
The truism that clergy are human includes the facts that clergy are just as prone to suffer the kind of life-crisis that other people suffer as they face the change of perspective of the second half of life. The point of view from which this thesis proceeds is that life-crisis will not be prevented by excellent formation early in a person’s ordained life, but that good early formation could mitigate some of the worst effects in later years...
Keywords: Episcopal Church--Clergy
|Women in the Christian church: the Taiwanese case - Wu, Fu Ya|
A presentation of the experiences of Taiwanese women in the Christian church as a small contribution to Taiwanese Christian women and to the global women's movement. - Abstract.
|Professional beliefs and the conditions that support integrated curriculum in a New England middle school : a dissertation - Davis, Cheryl Lynn|
The purpose of this investigation was to identify the professional beliefs of middle level educators who integrate the curriculum and the conditions that support the implementation of curriculum integration. Ten middle level teachers who represented two interdisciplinary teams participated in the study. --Abstract
Keywords: Middle schools -- New England -- Curricula -- Research
|How then shall we live? An interreligious eco-justice model for the local community - Schell-Lambert, Anita Louise.|
The aim of this thesis is to examine the global environmental crisis that has escalated in the last decade, and to explore what people of faith, specifically people adopting Buddhist and Christian ecofeminist views of the environment, can bring to the moral dilemma. --Abstract.
Keywords: Ecofeminism--Religious aspects--Christianity
|Helping the land help people know God: Towards a theology and practice of sustainable agriculture - Was, Brent Gavin.|
The purpose of writing the thesis that follows is to begin to lay a foundation for a Christian practice of sustainable agriculture. -- Abstract
Keywords: Sustainable development--Religious aspects--Christianity
|Re-visioning Martha - Yamaguchi, Satoko|
In this thesis I have tried to illuminate the importance of using a different historical imagination in revisioning our traditions and history. A different historical imagination enables us to ask new questions, and they, in turn, lead us to further expansion of even more different historical imaginations. In my search for a different historical imagination, I have also tried to illustrate the importance of who tells what stories and how they are told...
Keywords: Martha, Saint
|Souls in a state of emergence-y : work in progress - Happe, Lois Koester.|
To investigate the spirituality of women at mid-life who had made a significant decision concerning their identity and allegiance, one that had changes the course of their lives … In part, an effort to record and reflect the process of making /discovering the meaning of an important period in my life. -- Abstract
Keywords: Feminist theology
|Oasis from learn-to-earn :adult, working-class, liberal arts graduates make meaning of their learning careers at Harvard: a dissertation - Spreadbury, Suzanne C.|
The purpose of this study was to learn from 18 adult students, all of whom grew-up working class and many of whom were living working-class lives as adults, the meaning of returning to school and earning a liberal arts degree from an open-enrollment program, Harvard University Extension (HES), which is part of a selective, elite institution: Harvard University... --Abstract
Keywords: Adult education -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge -- Harvard University
|Is this a mirror I see before me?: adolescent girls use imaginal writing to re-vision life experience: a dissertation - Marzelli, Cameron L.|
This participant observer collective case study was an investigation of the ways in which an imaginal writing process might facilitate resilience in adolescent grils who has previously used writing to respond to challenging life experience. --Abstract
Keywords: Teenage girls -- Psychology; Creative writing -- Therapeutic use
|Clergy professional development : design and process for reflective practice and transformational learning - Moser, Frederick Perkins|
The aim of this project is to put forth an approach to learning and teaching for professional development and continuing professional education among clergy in the Episcopal Church. Its interests are in the educational issues at stake in the design and process of professional development events for clergy, and its hope is to elucidate some of these issues.
Keywords: Episcopal Church -- Clergy
|Talk among the dragonflies and dalmations: an investigation of communicative competence in a pre-kindergarten classroom: a dissertation - Goldberg, Lauren Foley|
A year-long ethnographic study of young children's language was conducted in a pre-kindergarten classroom. The investigation focused on the teachers' direct instruction and the children's emerging communicative competence in the rules and structure of group conversation. The class "Morning Meeting" was recorded once or twice a week for the entire year; a subset of these recordings formed the data set for the analysis...
Keywords: Children -- Language -- Research
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|Teachers' implementation of inquiry in elementary science education: a dissertation - Lawrence, Maria De Freece|
This research was an exploratory study of elementary school science education as implemented by five exemplary teachers in grades one through five, situated in four school districts of a Rhode Island Local Systemic Change initiative. This study sought to characterize the presence of inquiry-based teaching consistent with the tenets of constructivism and scientific inquiry as expressed in the book Inquiry and the National Science Foundation Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning (National R...
Keywords: Science -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Activity programs -- Research
|Beyond tentmaking: a study in bivocational ministry - Doran, Frederick Henry.|
The aim of this project/thesis is to explore and reflect upon the ramifications of the relationship between parish ministry and real estate, and to lift up a unique kind of ministry to scrutiny, it is also its aim to make certain recommendations to future ministers, to seminary professors, to denominational officials, and to those engaged in the real estate business. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Part-time employment
|How museum educators build and carry out their profession: an examination of situated learning within practice: a dissertation - Bailey, Elsa B.|
This study explores the ways and means that museum educators build their expertise to practice museum education. A qualitative methodology was utlilized in this examination, incorporating aspects of grounded theory and phenomenological research. Fifteen museum educators in science-related museums in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, who worked extensively with teachers, were selected as respondents.....
Keywords: Museums -- Educational aspects --Massachusetts -- Case studies
|Authority, leadership, and peacemaking: the role of the Diasporas: a pilot study of a group relations conference - Wallach, Tracy|
Research suggests that conflicts are much more likely to re-ignite in societies which have large Diaspora communities in the United States. This study examines the role of American Jewish, Arab, and other Middle Eastern Diaspora communities in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and addresses the generally neglected role of trauma and emotions in perpetuating conflict. The project employed group relations conference methodology to conduct the inquiry...
Keywords: Diaspora; Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Group relations; Peace; Leadership; Trauma; Reconciliation
|Qualitative study examining the leadership of the Executive Board of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston: a dissertation in Educational Studies - Allen-Willoughby, Joanne Lynne|
The purpose of this study was to examine leadership in the faith-based community from the perspective of six members of the Executive Board of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston. Using portraiture methodology the research qualitatively examined leadership through the lived experiences of four male and two female members of the board... The study found common trends, which formed the leadership of these six men and women, and made recommendation on how the faith-based community can ...
Keywords: African Americans -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Religion
|Sustainable results in urban middle schools: how principals use systems thinking to lead effective change: a dissertation - Burke, Peggy H.|
This study presents the stories of four urban middle school principals engaged in reform that is grounded on the core principle that every early adolescent has the capacity for high-level intellectual development. Data collected over two years through formal interviews and informal conversations with principals and teachers, school and district surveys and reports, student test data, and personal observations were analyzed from a systems thinking theoretcial framework to assess each principal's ...
Keywords: Middle school principals -- United States -- Attitudes
|Influences on professional learning: five teachers' stories: a dissertation - Sterling, Mary Lincoln|
The purpose of this study was to identify and understand changes that endured in teachers' knowledge and practice after participation in professional development. Case studies were conducted with five teachers who completed a common professional development course in pedagogy... --Abstract
Keywords: Teachers -- In-service training -- United States -- Case studies
|There were also women : the Gospel according to Anna - Alsop, Pauline D|
... a brief glimpse of how the story of Jesus might have appeared to a woman disciple who, unlike any of the canonical evangelists, was an eyewitness to many of the events of his life, death and resurrection, as imagined by a late twentieth century feminist. -- Abstract
Keywords: Bible.N.T. Gospels--Feminist criticism